Sentencing Date Set for Schaffhausen, Defense Plans Appeal

Updated: 04/24/2013 3:02 PM By: Leslie Dyste

A sentencing date has been set for a father who admitted to killing his three daughters in River Falls, Wis.

The sentencing date for Aaron Schaffhausen was set for July 15 at 1 p.m.

After more than three hours of deliberations on April 16, a jury found Schaffhausen had a mental disease or defect during the killings of 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie, and 5-year-old Cecilia.

But Schaffhausen didn't lack the substantial capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct or to abide by the law, the jury ruled. The ruling rejected Schaffhausen's insanity defense.

The verdict convicts Schaffhausen of three counts of first-degree homicide and a charge of an attempted arson.

Schaffhausen will likely be sentenced to life in prison. He could be eligible for parole after 20 years served.

The defense said they plan to appeal the verdict.